The Search Settings in the admin panel are:


  1. Default Member Search URL
  2. Require Complete Profiles
  3. Show Categories with No Members
  4. Default Category Sort Order
  5. Default Search & Lead Auto-Match Radius
  6. Strict Postal Code Match
  7. Strict City Match
  8. Strict Country & State Match
  9. Category Keyword Searches
  10. Google Search Assist




1. Default Member Search URL




By default, the Member Search Results pages use the URL "search_results". If needed, this URL can be easily modified with this setting.


2. Require Complete Profiles




This setting will hide from the search results any member that hasn't completed the following information Name, Top-Level Category, Profile Photo, and Address


3. Show Categories with No Members


This setting will either hide or display Categories that are empty. So if there are no members on that Category it can be hidden or displayed.




4. Default Category Sort Order




Select the order in which the website's categories are displayed in the category search widgets, streaming widgets and the category static page. 


5. Default Search & Lead Auto-Match Radius



When doing a radius-based location search (zip codes and cities by default), members within this distance from the center of the searched location will be returned as results. This radius is also used when lead auto-matching is enabled to identify members that fall within the auto-match parameters.


This article explains this setting more in detail:  Bounds And Radius Location Searches


6. Strict Postal Code Match


Choose ENABLED to only include results within the searched Postal Code. Choose DISABLED to include areas outside the searched Postal Code but are still within the radius limit.


7. Strict City Match




Choose ENABLED to only include results within the searched City. Choose DISABLED to include areas outside the searched City but are still within the radius limit.


8. Strict Country & State Match


Choose ENABLED to only include results within a searched State/Province & Country. Choose DISABLED to include results outside the searched State/Province & Country but still within the search radius.


9. Category Keyword Searches




Choose the method to be used for the Search by Keywords.  The Strict Match will only include members in a category that exactly matches the searched keyword,  the Broad Match will include those results and additional related matches.


10. Google Search Assist



This option is available with the Google Search Assist Add-on.


By default this option is disabled, this displays only results from the directory. Enable this option to fill empty search result pages with Google search results.